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News Guns stolen

MEDALS including the MBE and Star of Burma and six shotguns have been stolen from a house in East Sutton. It is reported that between 9.45am and 3.30pm onWednesday, October 26, a property in Morry Lane was targeted. A cabinet con- taining the guns is reported to have been taken, along with the medals. Detective Constable Suzanne Basford said: “I would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious. I would also encourage members of the public to contact us if they believe they have been of- fered any of these items for sale. “Call us on 01622 604100 quoting YY/023871/16 or Kent Crimestop- pers on 0800 555111.”


MAIDSTONE Council has been forced to issue awarning after a se- ries of scam calls in the area. The council’s call centre has re-

ceived reports from eight people and messages on social media about callers purporting to be from the authority, asking if they have been involved in traffic accidents. A spokesman for the council

said: “These calls were not autho- rised by MBC. We urge residents not to divulge any personal details and to report the incident to KCC Consumer Direct and the police.”

Official: Maidstone best inUKfor having a baby

MAIDSTONE is the best place in the UK to have a baby, according to a newly-published review. Maternity services in mid and

west Kent have been rated top out of nearly 200 NHS similar bodies nationwide. Almost 6,000 of the area’s babies

are delivered by Maidstone and TunbridgeWellsNHSTrust (MTW) each year. The data has been published as

part of a transparency drive by health secretary Jeremy Hunt in an effort to improve Britain’s place in international league tables. The ratings examine stillbirth and neo-natal mortality, maternal smok- ing at the time of delivery, women’s experience of maternity services and women’s choice. MTW came top for three of the

four categories and the average score for a woman’s experience of West Kent’s maternity services was nearly 84/100. While 144 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) need improvement and 53 were performing well, just one,MTW,was assessed as top per- forming.

The trust offers a range of services including community midwives, an obstetric-led, full maternity service at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, and midwife-run birth centres at Maid- stone and Crowborough. Baroness Cumberlege, the inde- pendent chair of the 2016 National Maternity Review, commissioned byNHSEngland, said: “I have been impressed by maternity staff across Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. “They are clearly committed to maximising positive outcomes – both physical health and mental wellbeing- for the mother, baby and the family as a whole.”

The key statistics

 Maternal smoking rate at delivery - 10.1% Neonatal stillbirth/mortality per 1,000 births – 4.1 Mother’s experience out of 100 –83.6 Choices in services out of 100 – 69.1  Overall rating – top performing

Head of Midwifery for the Trust,

Jenny Cleary said: “We are de- lighted that our maternity services have been rated so highly by NHS England in a number of areas which is testament to the hard work and dedication of the teams.“ Last month,MTWcelebrated five

years of providing integrated ma- ternity services, from when Tun- bridge Wells Hospital and Maidstone Birth Centre opened. In April this year,MTWtook over

the management of Crowborough Birth Centre to provide a stream- lined maternity service for women living in the High Weald area of north East Sussex.


Maidstone December 2016

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